08 December 2011

Waynesboro Heritage Museum - News Release

Waynesboro Heritage Museum
The director of the Waynesboro Heritage Museum, Ms. Shirley Bridgeforth, sent me this news release yesterday. I've been privileged to work with the WHF in several ways over the last few years. Waynesboro is my hometown and I currently serve on the planning committee which organizes the commemoration for the Battle of Waynesboro. I also have an item on loan with them. The news in this release is quite exciting:

Waynesboro Heritage Museum Selected for Circuit Riders Project

Waynesboro, Virginia – The Waynesboro Heritage Museum has been selected to participate in a statewide project designed to help improve care of collections for museums, libraries and archives.  The Waynesboro Heritage Museum is one of 10 institutions in Virginia selected to participate in the project, sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums, the Library of Virginia, and the Department of Historic Resources, and free to participating institutions.

The program is funded by a “Connecting to Collections” statewide implementation grant awarded to the Virginia Association of Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Designed to help small museums and libraries across Virginia improve collections care, the project involves an on-site visit to the Waynesboro Heritage Museum by a needs assessment team of museum and library professionals, who will spend a half-day touring the institution and collections.  Following the visit, they will send a report recommending steps the institution can take to help improve collections care over the next two years, with suggested resources to help accomplish them.  The needs assessments will be conducted at institutions around the state from November, 2011 - April, 2012.

Confederate General Jubal A. Early’s pistol is on display . O. Winston Link’s first night photograph of the large Norfolk & Western steam-powered train No. 2 arriving at the Waynesboro Station can be viewed.  One of the oldest industries like the Rife Ram & Pump Works and the Loth Stove Company are also on exhibit.

Come visit the Waynesboro Heritage Museum, located at 420 W. Main Street to view the collections and learn how the Circuit Riders project will impact our institution.  The institution is open to the public 9 – 5 Tuesday through Saturday.  For information call 540 943-3943, or see www.waynesboroheritagefoundation.com

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